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  • Leaf Disposal for disposal of twigs less than 1/2 inch in diameter

You can place residential wood debris curbside with your regular garbage.

Items include:

  • Tree branches and limbs
  • Twigs ½ inch in diameter or larger
  • Firewood
  • Bushes and shrubs
  • Lumber and other debris from do-it-yourself home projects

The Department of Sanitation will not pick up any debris that is the result of work done by a landscaper, contractor, or other professional. If you hired someone to generate the debris, they must dispose of the items.

Residential Wood Debris

As of October 10, 2019, the quarantine for the Asian Longhorned Beetle has ended, and residents in Brooklyn and Queens no longer need to schedule an appointment with NYC Parks to collect organic wood (tree branches, limbs, firewood).

To dispose of residential wood debris, you must:

  • Remove any nails from the wood.
  • Securely tie the wood in bales no more than two feet high and four feet long.
  • Use twine or rope to tie up the bundles of wood. Do not use nylon line, tape, or other binding material.
  • Place the bundles out curbside between 4 PM and midnight the day before your garbage day.

If you have wood debris or items more than two feet high and four feet long, you can’t dispose of your item with your regular garbage and must make a bulk pick-up appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.

Construction or Home Repair Debris

Wood debris from construction or home improvement projects is considered commercial waste, unless you did the work yourself and did not hire anyone to help. 

If you are doing a major construction or renovation project in your home, and you hire someone to help, they are responsible for disposing of lumber and other construction material. 

If you did repair work in your own home and didn’t hire anyone to help, you can place the items out for collection with your regular garbage if they are no more than four feet long and two feet high. 

If you have wood items more than two feet high and four feet long, you must make a bulk pick-up appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.

A full winter snowstorm operation is in progress. Expect delays in garbage, recycling, and organics collection.

If your items are not picked up on your scheduled collection day, you may leave them out. If they are covered in snow, dig them out to allow for collection.

Missed collection complaints will be accepted again when collection is fully restored to the regular schedule.